An adored Golden Globe award-winning actress and best-selling author, Valerie Bertinelli’s long and celebrated career has expanded to include equally beloved spokesperson, host, business entrepreneur and New York Times best-selling author. Bertinelli stars in her own show on Food Network entitled “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” where she shares her passion for preparing delicious meals for her friends and family. Valerie recently won two Daytime Emmy Awards for Outstanding Culinary Program and Outstanding Culinary Host for “Valerie’s Home Cooking.” Now on its sixth season, Bertinelli also stars in “Kids Baking Championship” alongside Duff Goldman, to find the most impressive and creative young baker in the country. This past March, Bertinelli began hosting Food Network’s new series “Family Food Showdown,” a family-focused competition program with two families vying for a $10,000 prize over three rounds of cooking challenges.
For six seasons, Bertinelli starred as Melanie Moretti in TV Land’s hit sitcom “Hot in Cleveland.” The show followed three fabulous friends from Los Angeles (Bertinelli, Jane Leeves and Wendie Malick) whose plane, bound for Paris, was forced to make an emergency landing in Cleveland. Bertinelli has shared in many honors. In 2011, “Hot in Cleveland” was nominated for a Screen Actors Guild Award® for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series. In June of that same year, Bertinelli – along with co-stars Leeves, Malick, and White – was presented with the key to the city of Cleveland by the mayor. In August 2012, she received her star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
In 2007, she dared to cross the Rubicon of weight and body image, declaring publicly, “I’m fat!” on the cover of People Magazine and challenging herself to lose weight. Lo and behold, she not only lost more than 40 pounds, but also realized new and remarkable success as the face of the Jenny Craig Weight Loss Program, authored the NY Times #1 bestseller “Losing It,” and inspired millions of people to try to become their best and healthiest selves. In 2009, she wrote a follow-up to her first book, “Finding It: And Satisfying My Hunger for Life without Opening the Fridge.” Valerie also released a fitness DVD entitled “Losing It” at the end of that year. In October 2012, she released a cookbook called “One Dish At A Time,” a play on the name of the TV show that first made her a household name. In addition, Valerie had a line of cookware and clothing at TJ Maxx. In October 2017, Bertinelli released a new cookbook titled “Valerie’s Home Cooking,” which hit #1 on Amazon for Celebrity Cookbooks.
Valerie made her QVC debut on September 17, 2017 during QVC’s “In the Kitchen with David®” with her cookbook, “Valerie’s Home Cooking.” She also introduced her signature Chocolate Love Cake and her namesake wine, both of which sold out. In November 2017, Valerie launched additional food items as well as cookware/bakeware. She is set to appear back on the shopping channel in March, April & May selling her bakeware, her delicious crustless Quiches and her award winning wines.
As one of Hollywood’s brightest and most liked young talents, Bertinelli helped develop, produce and star in many highly rated TV movies and stayed extremely busy as one of primetime’s go-to actresses for movies and mini-series. Her television credits include; “Shattered Vows,” “Judith Krantz’s I’ll Take Manhattan,” “Rockabye,” “Murder of Innocence,” “In a Child’s Name,” “What She Doesn’t Know,” “Pancho Barnes,” “Ultimate Betrayal,” “Two Mothers for Zachary,” “I Was a Mail Order Bride,” “The Seduction of Gina,” “Silent Witness” and “Night Sins.” She co-starred in “True Confessions of a Hollywood Starlet” and guest-starred on “Boston Legal” in a part David E. Kelly wrote especially for her. Her other forays into the television series world include starring for two years on the hit series “Touched by an Angel,” “Café Americain” and “Sydney,” which she also executive produced.
A two-time Golden Globe® winner, she made her acting debut in TV commercials, public service announcements and the TV series “Apple’s Way” before landing her big break at age 14 as Barbara Cooper on “One Day At A Time,” Norman Lear’s 1975 acclaimed series about a divorced mother raising her two daughters. The series ran on CBS for nine years, ending in 1984.
Valerie has also served as a correspondent for “The Rachael Ray Show” and co-host of “The Talk.” However, Valerie’s best and favorite production is her son, Wolfgang, who achieved his own fame as the bassist for the legendary rock group Van Halen on its 2007-2008 North American Tour.
Valerie helped to inspire millions of people through her work with Jenny Craig, even recognized by People Magazine for her stunning “bikini bod” at 48 years old. Valerie lives in Los Angeles with her husband, Tom.
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